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Famous Geoscientists

Compiled by Simon Nathan for Te Ara, the Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand and other sources, February 2011.

* Contemporary

Philippa Black, Geologist, professor
Jocelyn Campbell, Geologist
Trevor Chinn, Glaciologist
David Christoffel, Geophysicist
Douglas Coombs, Geologist, professor
Kenneth Cumberland, Geographer, writer
Stuart Henley, Coal geologist
Jack Irwin, Lake scientist
Yosuke Kawachi, Mineralogist
Ted Lloyd, Geothermal scientist
Alexander Malahoff, Geophysicist, CEO
Bruce McFadgen, Archaeologist
Heather Nicholson, Geologist, author
Julie Palmer, Geologist
Malcolm Simpson, Fossil discoverer
Warwick Smith, Seismologist
Pat Suggate, Geologist, coal scientist
Brian Wood, Mining historian

* Late 20th century

R.S. Allan (1900-1996), Paleontologist, professor
James Brodie (1920-2009), Oceanographer
Robert Brooks 1926-2001), Geochemist
Alva Challis (1930-2010), Mineralogist
Joseph Divis (1885-1967), Miner, photographer
Frank Evison (1922-2005), Geophysicist
Charles Fleming (1916-1987), Paleontologist
Maxwell Gage (1913-2000), Quaternary scientist
Werner Giggenbach (1937-1997), Geochemist
Trevor Hatherton (1924-1992), Geophysicist
R.C. Hayes (1900-1977), Seismologist
James Healy (1910-1994), Volcanologist
Colin Hutton (1910-71), Mineralogist
Gerald Lensen (1921-2004), Geologist
Arnold Lillie (1909-1999), Geologist, professor
T.J. McKee (1911-1973), Company director
Brian Mason (1917-2009), Meteorite scientist
Norbert Modriniak (1900-85), Geophysicist
Montague Ongley (1888-1976), Geologist
A.W.B. Powell (1901-1987), Conchologist
Alan Pullar (1912-82), Soil scientist
Athol Rafter (1913-1996), Nuclear scientist
Alfred Steiner (1901-1980), Mineralogist
Norman Taylor (1900-1975), Soil scientist
Charles Trechmann (1885-1964), Paleontologist
Colin Vucetich (1918-2007), Soil scientist
George Walker (1926-2005), Volcanologist
Harold Wellman (1909-1999), Geologist
Joan Wiffen (1922-2009), Paleontologist
Charles Wright (1916-1998), Soil scientist

* Early 20th century

C.W. Adams (1870-1945), Astronomer, seismologist
Leslie Adkin (1888-1964), Archaeologist, geologist
J.A. Bartrum (1885-1949), Geologist, professor
J.M. Bell (1877-1934), Geologist, administrator
W.N. Benson (1885-1957), Geologist, professor
C.A. Cotton (1885-1970), Geomorphologist
Harold Finlay (1901-1951), Micropaleontologist
H.T. Ferrar (1879-1932), Geologist, soil scientist
Leslie Grange (1894-1980), Geologist, soil scientist
Ernest Marsden (1889-1970), Physicist, administrator
Patrick Marshall (1869-1950), Geologist
John Marwick (1891-1978), Paleontologist
P.G. Morgan (1867-1927), Geologist, administrator
W.R.B. Oliver (1883-1957), Museum director
James Park (1857-1946), Geologist, professor
Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937), Physicist
Robert Speight (1867-1949), Geologist, professor
Henry Suter (1841-1918), Paleontologist
J.A. Thomson (1881-1928), Geologist, administrator
F.J. Turner (1904-1985), Petrologist

* 19th century

J.G. Black (1835-1914), Chemist, professor
John Buchanan (1819-98), Botanist, draftsman
J. C. Crawford (1817-89), Explorer, geologist
J.K.E. Dieffenbach (1811-55), Explorer, naturalist
Julius von Haast (1822-87), Geologist, museum curator
James Hector (1834-1907), Geologist, administrator
George Hogben (1853-1920), Seismologist
F.W. Hutton (1836-1905), Biologist, geologist
C.G.F. von Hochstetter (1829-84), Geologist
W.B.D. Mantell (1820-95), Politician, naturalist
Alexander McKay (1841-1917), Geologist
William Skey (1835-1900), Chemist, poet
A.P.W. Thomas (1857-1937), Natural scientist
G.H.F. Ulrich (1830-1900), Mineralogist, professor

Compiled by Simon Nathan from Te Ara, the Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand and other sources, February 2011.